Events at General Seminary



We hope you will join us at Chelsea Square for one or several events at General this academic year. Our mission, educating and forming future leaders for the church, is exciting and offers the opportunity for current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and local friends alike to join in our lectures, colloquia and workshops. 

We are currently finalizing details for events and invite you to visit this page again at the end of August for more information on the following events and more.


Preaching Advent Workshop

Friday September 28, 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Prayer and the Search for God (October Colloquy)

Luigi Gioia

Wednesday October 24, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 


TransLucent: A Spiritual Care for Trans* families

Friday October 26 (Note the corrected date from an earlier notice)





Stations of the Cross

 February 14 - April 1, 2018


“Stations of the Cross” is a public art project that breaks open the journey of Jesus, inviting people of all faiths to consider injustice and pain across the human experience. The focus for 2018 is the experience of immigrants and refugees. The exhibition presents a pilgrimage comprised of 14 “art stations” located across Manhattan, from the Cloisters museum to the 9/11 Memorial. 

More details are found at the organizations website:


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Ministry Workshop:
ASIST Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

March 2 & 3, 2018 from 9 AM – 5 PM

David Rider


The LivingWorks ASIST program teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety.  

Non-matriculated students should register through


Available for one credit or audit


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March Colloquy: Re-Imagining Worship

March 28

Maggi Dawn, Dean of Chapel, Yale Divinity School


Maggi Dawn is a musician, liturgist, author, theologian, a priest in the Church of England. She is Associate Professor of Theology and Literature and Dean of Marquand Chapel at Yale Divinity School. Her Books include "Like the Wideness of the Sea: Women Bishops and the Church of England" (DLT,2013) and "The Accidental Pilgrim: New Journeys on Ancient Pathways" (Hodder and Stoughton, 2011). 


No fee or registration required. All are welcome!

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Stations of the Cross: Diego Romero &
Contemporary Native Art

March 21, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.


In cooperation with the Stations of the Cross art instillation across New York City, The General Theological Seminary will host an evening complete with Evensong, a talk by Edd Guarino, and a wine reception. The talk will focus on the artist Diego Romero & Contemporary Native Art. 


No fee or registration required. All are welcome!

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Kay Butler Gill Lecture

April 11

Chris Heuertz


Chris Heuertz

2018 Kay Butler Gill Lecture

Contemplative Activism: Sustainable Spirituality & Social Justice

Chris Heuertz is an author, speaker, Enneagram coach, and anti-human trafficking activist.

Wednesday April 11, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at General Seminary’s Chelsea Square, 440 W. 21st Street in New York City.

Follow this link to register:

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May Colloquy: The Art of Christian Institutional Ministry

 May 2, 2018 at 9:50 AM

The Rev. Laura Everett


Rev. Laura Everett serves as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, scouting for signs of Christian unity and dedicated to repairing vibrant Christian institutions. A pastor ordained by the United Church of Christ, Laura toggles between established Christian communities and emerging ministries with Boston’s cycling community. She’s the author of “Holy Spokes: The Search for Urban Spirituality on Two Wheels.”   

Laura is also the co-host with Rev. Bill Lamar of the new podcast “Can These Bones” from Leadership Education at Duke Divinity School.

As a life-long artist, Laura makes meaning by working with her hands.  As a pastor, she strives for artistry in her institutional Christian leadership. She believes the work of this moment is to notice and dismantle the racism that has divided this nation and the Church.  She’s convinced that if we’re all not free, it isn’t the gospel truth. Laura lives in Boston with her wife Abbi, who has a far more interesting vocation as a public middle school Latin teacher.

Find more at or on Twitter at @RevEverett

No fee or registration required. All are welcome!

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Alumni Gathering

A Celebration of the 196th Commencement

Evensong, Monday, May 14 – Graduation, Wednesday, May 16


Registration is now open!

  • Special Evensong Blessing the Rings and Crosses and honoring the ministries of alumni celebrating 25+ reunion years

  • Dinner in the Deanery for Alumni celebrating Jubilee Years

  • Memorial Eucharist presenting the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award to the Rev. Deacon Geraldine A. Swanson, Class of 2008

  • Continuing Education Workshop Offerings:

    • Holy Cross, Life Giving Tree with Fr. Donnel O’Flynn and Dr. Roberta Ervine

    • Gifts from God: Spirituality and Sexuality with the Rev. Dr. Tommie Watkins, Jr. ’16

    • Ecclesia Ministries: Radical Welcome to the Poor and Marginalized with the Rev. Deacon Denise LaVetty ’13

  • Evensong Baccalaureate Service and Celebratory Baccalaureate Dinner

  • Graduation Eucharist and Commencement Exercises

For schedule and more details please visit the alumni web page at or email or call (646) 717-9705


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A Contemplative Approach to Sexuality & Spirituality

Dr. Westina Matthews and The Rev. Dr. Tommie Watkins, Jr., Subject Matter Expert

June 11 - 14, 2018 OR June 11 - August 3, 2018


Within faith communities, perhaps no other topic provokes such heated debate as sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Join us as we engage in healthy and honest discussions around spirituality and sexuality, with the goal of enhancing the capacity of participants to lead discussions around faith and sexuality. 

We will not attempt to convince one another to adopt any view, but rather offer a safe and sacred space to share knowledge, and to engage in open and honest dialogue. The development of the materials to be provided has been supported through grants from the Episcopal Evangelism Society and the William S. Conant Fund.

Section A, 2 credits or Audit. 
June 11 - 14, 2018: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Section B, Audit. 7-week online course, 
June 11 – August 3, 2018


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Garden Party

June 28, 2018


The Chelsea Square Conservancy* Presents The Annual Garden Party!

Register HERE

*Because a beautiful Chelsea deserves a beautiful General Seminary, The Conservancy was founded to steward the beautiful urban oasis that is Chelsea Square: the buildings, gardens, and tree-shaded lawns that are a highlight of our community, and General Seminary’s formational experience.


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General Theological Seminary
Dinner at General Convention 2018

July 10, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.


July 10, 2018

6:30 pm Reception

7:30 pm Dinner

St. David’s Episcopal Church

301 East 8th Street, Austin, TX 78701


Meet the Faculty!

See old friends and meet new ones!

Bring a guest to introduce to General Seminary:

Your ticket and their ticket will be complimentary!**

(Please register by July 9, 2018)



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South Africa Travel Seminar

With the Rev. Dr. Michael Battle

August 15 - 22, 2018


Members of the General community journeyed in January to South Africa for a ten day experience as part of the Travel Seminar program.  Twice a year, General sends groups to South Africa and to the Holy Land for an educational experience that can only be had on the ground of these unique locations. 

The South Africa seminar, led by Prof. Michael Battle, focuses on the history and legacy of Archbishop Desmond Tutu,  who is best known for his profound post-apartheid work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).  Battle describes the TRC as “one of the best political experiments, to bring a nation at war to a place of stability,” and, together with partners in Cape Town and Tutu himself, guided seminar participants in an exploration of South Africa’s particular relationship between Christian spirituality and justice.  

By working with local parishes and seeing firsthand how these African Anglican communities confront political issues, participants were able to experience models of ecclesiastical leadership that, in being specifically un-American, open doors to new ways of thinking about justice and the church.  “It’s the experience of a lifetime,” said Chris Lee, who joined the seminar this January.  “Do whatever you have to do to get there.”

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General On the Road

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General Seminary is on the road! We are continuing our series of Regional Gatherings for Alumni and Friends, General Theological Seminary: Past, Present, and Future.

Check back for more details and more to be announced! Currently scheduled for the 2018-2019 school year:

Diocese of Delaware: Wilmington

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Lunch Hosted by the Rt. Rev. Kevin Brown, Class of 2007

St. Alban’s Center

The Episcopal Diocese of Delaware,

913 Wilson Road

Wilmington, DE 19803


Diocese of Southeast Florida: Palm Beach

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Lunch Hosted by the Rev. Elizabeth Geitz, Class of 1993 and the Rev. James Harlan

The Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea

141 South County Road

Palm Beach, FL 33480

Please join us for the opportunity to visit with the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Class of 2004, 13th Dean and President and engage in lively discussion about the future of theological education and the continued conversation on building future service to our church with integrated curriculum and formation, especially The Wisdom Year. Please feel free to bring your spouse, partner, Warden, Vestry Members, Prospective Students or any friends interested in the future of our church.

Since 2016 we have visited Philadelphia, New York, Princeton, Baltimore, Massachusetts, Maine, Western New York, Atlanta, Southwest Florida, Missouri, Washington, D.C., and most recently, Western North Carolina, Louisiana, Manhattan, Seattle, Connecticut, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Georgia, Los Angeles, Florida, Nashville, TN, Long Island, Salina, Kansas, Kansas City, MO, and Milwaukee, WI.

For more information, or if you are interested in hosting a gathering in your area, please contact Jonathan Silver at